Litanies & Prayers

We Three Kings

Old hymn, new lyrics

by Ken Sehested

We three kings of Orient are bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star

Refrain:
O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.

Royal-born on Bethlehem’s plain, gold I bring to crown him again
Rule forever, ceasing never, over us all to reign. Refrain

Frankincense to offer have I; incense rising, prayers on high
Joyful praising, voices raising, worshiping God come nigh. Refrain

Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone-cold tomb. Refrain

Glorious now behold him arise; from death’s grip and sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia, sounds through the earth and skies. Refrain

Words and music: John H. Hopkins; adaptations (vv. 2-3, 5) by Ken Sehested • ©Ken Sehested @ prayerandpolitiks.org